Mission Belt is diving back into the Tank! Most of our fans and customers were introduced to us when we debuted on ABC’s hit television show Shark Tank. The Sharks loved our amazing, no holes belt and as you probably know, we ended up partnering with Daymond John.
Since that time we have had tremendous success thanks to our amazing customers. Due in large part to our success we were selected for a spinoff show called Beyond The Tank.
In this show the Sharks review the companies they’ve invested in and give a real-world glimpse into the challenges a company faces after appearing on the hit show. We’re honored to be part of the premiere season of Beyond The Tank.
Growth Means Opportunity & Challenges
Being on the original show was a tremendous springboard for Mission Belt, but it wasn’t all skittles and rainbows. Our meteoric growth brought with it its own set of challenges. Managing inventory and finding the right people to fill key roles quickly were two major hurdles. Our growing reputation has also brought attention from competitors. Through it all we’ve been fortunate enough to not just survive but thrive in a competitive landscape.
We successfully expanded into licensed sports apparel with our NCAA, NBA, and NHL lines. And we’re not done yet. We’re building even more lines of our famous belt. If you’re on our mailing list, you’ll be among the first to hear about our newest offerings in the works, so be sure to sign up!
Giving Back & Remembering The Mission
Through it all we have been fortunate to not just grow our company, but also grow our ability to help others around the world. In pursuit of our mission to fight world hunger, a dollar from every belt sold is donated to micro-lending organization Kiva.
We recently completed 20,000 loans in over 70 countries. Thanks to our customers, we have been able to give more people a hand up with micro loans then we ever could have imagined.
Mission Belt is making a big difference to more and more people everywhere…and it all started on Shark Tank. So get excited! Grab some popcorn and a drink and watch for Mission Belt on Beyond The Tank. Thanks for being part of the mission!
Open to everyone anywhere of any age! However, only one submission per person.
Any submissions made after the first tip off on Thursday will not count toward this contest.
Maximum of 3 winners.
Grand Prize: A gift set of Mission Belts (3 belts of the individual's choice)
Second Place: A Mission Belt gift box with 1 belt of the individual's choice
Third Place: 1 Mission Belt shirt
We're excited to share our new booth experience from the AGENDA Tradeshow in Long Beach this week. It's the premier annual Skate/Surf Streetstyle show in the world and we were honored to be invited to talk shop next to brands we've grown up loving. It was the culmination of a major team effort to share all of our current and upcoming products, broadcast the brand with a focus on our Mission, and highlight the personality of our company. As a result of our appearance, you'll soon see Mission Belt on more shelves in more retail stores!
The Mission Table was our booth centerpiece and we're proud to introduce you to a number of the beneficiaries of our loans around the world with their pictures alongside the work they've been doing with these much-needed investments.
When co-founder Nate Holzapfel went on the hit show Shark Tank, he had no idea he’d be walking out with a deal from Daymond John. In hindsight, the deal makes perfect sense. Daymond has had tremendous success in the past with clothing and fashion. But he has passed up plenty of clothing deals on the Tank and there’s never any guarantee once you enter “the Tank”.
Nate did an exceptional job showing why our belts and our company are worth an investment. Daymond saw the potential almost immediately as did his colleagues. In fact, one of the Sharks that passed on Mission Belt later said that was the one deal he wished he could have back.
Going Back Into The Tank
Due to the popularity of The Shark Tank, ABC has launched a spin-off show called Beyond The Tank. Mission Belt has been selected as a business to be featured on the new show.
In this show, companies that got a deal from a Shark will be put to the test to see how they have managed with the investment. We’re looking forward to seeing what America thinks of how we’ve done since being on the show.
Growth Brings Challenges & New Opportunity
We weren’t sure what to expect after being on the original show. The break between filming and airing gave us some time to prepare but there was no way to know how the world would respond after seeing us.
To say the response was huge would be an understatement. In a matter of a few days our company had grown exponentially, and we’ve been fortunate enough to continue our growth. But with that came unique challenges. How do we manage that growth without sacrificing our values and our future?
Thanks to valuable partners like Daymond, we’re doing just that. Since being on the show we have successfully expanded into licensed sports apparel with our Collegiate, NBA, and NHL lines. There’s even more to come in the near future so get signed up on our newsletter to make sure you don’t miss it!
Remembering Our Mission
Most companies weren’t founded with a philanthropic purpose like Mission Belt. One of our top goals in starting this company was to give back to those who need it most. To honor our mission to fight world hunger, a dollar from every belt sold is donated to micro-lending organization Kiva. In fact, we’ve recently surpassed 20,000 loans in over 70 countries.
Thanks to our loyal customers and valued partners, we’re helping to put an end to hunger in third-world countries. At Mission Belt, we’re all about making a difference. So now it’s time to get your own “Daymond John belt”. Thanks for being part of the mission!
Meet Ruben! He is from Nicaragua and makes his living by selling bananas and different produce such as beans, corn and wheat. Ruben makes frequent trips up the mountain to bring fruit into town to sale. Ruben has been so successful already that he has plans to sell coffee to add to his business. With the loan that he was given, Ruben was finally able to the way he wanted in a timely manner. Ruben has paid his loan in full and has continued to make the frequent trips to gather produce, and now he can rest assure that those trips will remain profitable for his business. You have helped to give Ruben a hand up, not a hand out. Now someone else can use his loan to get out of the poverty cycle as well.
Mission Belt Co. – Breaking the poverty cycle one belt at a time.
Kiva is an easily accessible platform that helps connect hard working people with a hand up and a small loan. Because the loans are interest free and 98% of them are repaid, the $1 from your Mission Belt purchase could be used to help hundreds of people invest in their dreams and help end the poverty cycle. They really are small loans that make huge differences.